Block of the Month

January Block of the Month

Hi Quilting Friends,

Wow!  Another year has come and gone, and I’m SO excited to share our new 2019 BOM program with you.  This year we will be featuring elephants, celebrating every month of the year.  Read about our 2019 BOM program on the Sneak Peek blog post.  We have a FaceBook group for our BOM participants, and we’d love to have you join us!  

Here’s our elephant version of the New Year’s Baby!  Isn’t he dashing in his top hat and sash?January 2019 BOM by Ms P Designs USA

As I was contemplating what I would write about today, I wondered how the New Year’s baby image got started.  After a bit of research, I learned that this idea actually began in ancient Greece in about the year 600!  It was customary to display an infant in a basket for the turn of the calendar, honoring Dionysus the God of Wine.  It wasn’t until the 1907, after the Saturday Evening Post began publishing humorous illustrations of babies on the cover of their year-end editions that the actual Baby New Year image became popular with his top hat and sash.  Who knew?

I wanted our dapper baby elephant to look like he is at a New Year’s celebration and so I used this wonderful confetti-looking fabric for his background.  What fun!

The pattern is available to purchase for only $3.50 USD, now that the free download period has expired.  Just click the picture of the elephant and follow the instructions.

January 2019 BOM by Ms P Designs USA

We’re offering an email reminder subscription this year, if you’d like some help remembering when to visit the blog during the free pattern download period.  You can purchase the subscription by clicking the link below:


2019 BOM Email Subscription by Ms P Designs USA

2019 Block of the Month Email Reminder Subscription

Subscribers will receive an email reminder with a link to the next pattern on the last day of each month.


If you are a HUGE elephant fan, then you might not want to wait for the new block release each month.  Purchase the pattern here, and then you can make an elephant-astic quilting project for the New Year. 


Elephants All Year Quilt by Ms P Designs USA

Elephants All Year Quilt Pattern

The pattern packet includes the applique layout templates and pattern pieces for all twelve elephants, along with instructions for the pretty pieced sashing. Finished Size: 28½ ” by 37¼ ”


Wishing you and yours the happiest of New Years!  Thank you for visiting our blog and happy quilting!


12 thoughts on “January Block of the Month

  1. He is adorable and that background fabric is perfect! I don’t know if I have anything even close to that wonderful for it. Thank you so much for the pattern.


    1. Thank you! I had the most fun finding background fabrics for the critters … fat quarters are reasonably inexpensive (especially if you find them on sale), so I spent quite a lot of time looking for fun backgrounds!

      Happy quilting! Susan


  2. Thank you for this pattern! Elephants are my fave! Roll Tide!! LOL He really is cute!


    1. Thank you, Brenda!

      I had lots of fun making them! I think my favorite is April, but you will have to wait to see our sweet little elephant! Happy New Year and happy quilting!



    1. Thank you Michele-Marie! I can hardly wait to share the rest of them with you! Enjoy and we would love to see what you do with the New Year elephant. Happy quilting! Susan


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